Havannah Flash 26/7/2020. Club Match, Summer League.

A weird start to the day, Bernadette didn’t see one of the young birds on the wire before she opened the outside Aviary door and it took the opportunity to fly out and away! So I had her feelings on my mind and almost cried off the match to make sure she was OK, but she insisted I go fishing as there was nothing either of us can do now the bird was gone. Got drawn peg 16, on the towpath front so my head went down straight away, I’m not comfortable fishing the towpath as there are just too many distractions with cyclists, runners and people walking their dogs etc. This is why I don’t fish any of the canal matches, it just puts me on edge, you get hemmed in with having so little space and have to adapt shipping back to splitting your sections so not to block the towpath or risk having your pole crossing the path with the chances some knob on a bike will be travelling too fast and not stop! Anyway; set up 4 lines:
1. 4m whip fishing shallow, 0.11 to #22 hook pinkie or white maggot.
2. 9m, 3-5 elastic, shallow, GORTINI 4×10 dibber, 0.11 main line to 0.09 and #20 hook, pinkie or white maggot.
3. 7m, 3-5 elastic, off to my right to the rushes, GORTINI 4×12 round body float, 0.11 mail line to 0.09 and #20 hook, worm, pinkie or white maggot.
4. 10m 6-8 elastic, off to my right 2′ from the rushes margin, GORTINI 4×10 dibber, 0.11 main line to 0.09 and #20 hook, worm, pinkie or white maggot.
At the All In I started off on the whip, feeding 8-10 white maggot/pinkie and getting a bite a chuck, but these were tiny roach and blades. Stayed on this line for 30 mins and switched to my short margin with a worm head on the hook, potting in Burt Baits Worm Slop, hoping this will bring in the skimmers or bream, not to be had many missed bites which I think were tiny roach just grabbing the worm head. Had the same on my long margin line the skimmers and bream just were not in my swim. Spent the last 2 hours on my whip, fishing 5-7m and picking off blades a few roach and 2 small skimmers. All out seen me with 83 netted for 3lb 11oz, which was a pound more than I thought I had. Another “thanks for coming” but still a chance of drawing the golden peg later and getting some beer tokens for my efforts. I had mixed up a small amount of Burt Baits Darkside groundbait to use on my method feeder, but never got round to having a chuck. The Burt Baits Worm Slop smelled of Worms amazingly, mixed it to the same consistency as Burt Baits splash mix, it clouded the water well and kept it coloured for a good few minutes after potting it in, fishing maggot/ worm through the cloud had the fish biting, just the wrong size fish today.

Partridge Lakes Sunday Open 19/7/2020.

Bad day from the off. Got to Partridge and realised I had left my butties in the fridge. Booked in and got drawn Covey 5 peg 107. Went up and got my bait, had a chat for 10 mins then went back down the lane and set up on Peg 105. Yep, don’t know what happened between drawing my peg and setting up on the wrong peg! I was just starting to plumb up when the lad who was drawn on 105 made me aware I was on the wrong peg, (2 Doh! moments). Moved all my kit round to the correct peg and really didn’t fancy it, no margin to speak of as it was overgrown, left and right, with rushes and they were sticking out into the water a good 4 foot. I noticed a ‘ding’ on my No 7 section, have no idea how that happened.

I wasn’t going to make it worse or suffer the section breaking so was limited to my length out (3). Rigging up my top sections with new rigs, made up after Monday’s coaching from Chris Weeder jnr. Realised I had left one of my hook boxes in my workshop this box had my 0.13, 0.16 and 0.19 hook lengths in, so I was limited to 0.11 #16 SWL for the match (4). Set up 3 lines:
1. 3m left edge, 10-12 elastic, 0.20 mainline, 0.11 hook length to #16 SWL. GORTINI 4×14 Margin float, feeding 50/50 Burt Baits X-pander/Tiger Nut Margin groundbait.
2. 9m track, shallow, 8-10 elastic, 0.16 mainline, 0.11 hook length to #16 SWL. GORTINI 4×10 chianti, 3 white maggot on the hook, feeding white maggot.
3. 5m track, hard pellet line, 8-10 elastic, 0.16 mainline, 0.11 hook length to #16 SWL. GORTINI 4×14 NiTi wire float. Burt Baits Sweet F1 hook and hair 4mm pellet, feeding Burt Baits 4mm Sweet F1 hard pellet soaked in Burt Baits Sweet F1 additive.
When plumbing up I just could not find any slope or hard bottom, it was all silt, this was going to mess with my hard pellet line for sure.
All In, started on the shallow line and had a nice F1 first chuck in, this was steady until I hit into a Carp, this took me a while to control as I knew my hook length wasn’t up to these angry Carp, this was a ~4lb and I got it to the net OK. I did have 6 that just swam off with my hook length and I knew my weight was going to suffer. Other than the big carp I managed to net 27 F1’s and a few Ide and big roach on this line. My edge line was dominated with carp and every pull here resulted in a snapped hook length! so I had to concentrate on my shallow line, which was at least productive. Hard pellet line only had 2 small F1 and was too long between bites to bother with for too long.
So a comedy of errors seen me with 54lb 15oz at the weigh in, pegs left and right weighing similar, plus or minus 10-20lb the difference being the Carp I lost.
After Monday’s coaching session with Chris Weeder jnr, the ~140lb nets, I was gee’d up for this match. Different lake, different peg, different day, oh well!

Peg 105, looked so nice! Just not my peg

Peg 107, this is my peg

Only just had enough shrink tape to do the repair on my N0 7 section. I will leave it overnight and unwrap and check it tomorrow afternoon.

Partridge Lakes, Monday 12/7/2020. A full day with Chris Weeder Jnr, learning.

Overcast day and threat of rain, which didn’t happen, fishing 10:30 until 17:30. Hooray 😍 . Met up at the tackle shop and moved off to Covey 4 Peg 99, an island peg 🤯, not been having too much luck on these island pegs, but with a great tutor I should do OK I hope. Chris got me to set up as I normally would and then went over my top kits and rigs, generally have a good laugh! Several small issues but nothing a Dremel can’t sort!! Started off on a left edge line, going through the mechanics and method to best approach how to set the rig up, how to plumb up to find the ideal levels to fish and where to cup the GB in and how this will determine how the fish will enter the swim. Set up a margin rig and then went through how to lay the rig in for the best presentation. 3 white maggot on a 14 hook, laid the rig in allowed it to settle and then STRIKE, first fish in the net in less than 1 minute. Nice carp. Rinse repeat for the next few hours, talking through presentation as I was getting lazy as I became more confident and complacent as time went on. Prepped and fished this edge for most of the day, changing from GB to soaked micro’s and 3 maggot on the hook, the F1’s were there and some of them were big old warriors, but the carp had moved away or were just not interested in GB or micro’s and maggot. Swapped over to potting in micro’s with corn on the hook, this did the trick and I started to pull in the Carp. Missed a few, lost a few and had some foul hookers but talked through how and why with Chris and I then started to get them hooked correctly and putting them in the nets, yep nets. Late afternoon moved on to hard pellet in 5 foot over a slope on hard bottom. Feeding 4mm hard pellet, 2 and 2 as I laid the rig in, #20 hook with a banded 4mm pellet. Every hooked fish feed 4 then 4 pellet this was producing some good stockies and a few big F1’s. I put 2 nets in at the start of the day and would have had weight penalties on both had it been a match weigh in. Net 1 had 65-70lb and net 2 had 70-75lb by far the largest weights I have had out of Partridge Lakes. A great day, a fantastic tutor, some amazing Carp and F1’s and beautiful surroundings. Now to put all this practise into a match and improve my fishing.
“Hook the fish, feed 4, feed 4, land the fish”. “Hook the fish, feed 4, feed 4, land the fish”. Going to go to sleep with that going round in my head tonight.

Some of these big ‘ol F1’s only just fit.

Net No 1.

Net No 2. Need a younger man to pull my nets out!

Partridge Lakes, Sunday Open 12/7/2020

Covey 2 Peg 47, another weekend another island peg!

This peg is well dodgy! Half the support on the right side of the platform rotted through and really tight behind, maybe 7 foot of space before the tree line. Wasn’t looking forward to a potential dip in the lake. Today is a learning day, no maggot, corn or worm just Burt Baits 6mm sweet F1 pellet on the band and feeding Burt Baits 4mm F1 pellet.

Suck it up and get on with it! Real simple today, left margin out to vacant peg 46, in front of my nets shallow and mud line across. All rigs Nu-Fish Zipp elastics.
1. #8-10 elastic, 13.5m left margin to pallet. 0.13 mainline to 0.11 hook length #16 SWL banded 6mm Burt Baits F1 sweet pellet, potting 50/50 Xpander/Sweet F1 groundbait and Burt Baits 4mm sweet F1 pellet. GORTINI 4×14 Margin float, 2 foot depth.
2. #8-10 elastic, top 2 plus 2. 0.13 mainline to 0.11 hook length #16 SWL banded Burt Baits F1 sweet pellet, hand feeding Burt Baits 4mm sweet F1 pellet. GORTINI 4×10 Dibber, 10-18″ Depth.
3. #10-12 elastic, 11.5m 2 o’clock to the reeds. 0.13 mainline to 0.11 hook length #16 SWL banded Burt Baits F1 sweet pellet, potting 50/50 Xpander/Sweet F1 groundbait and Burt Baits 4mm swet F1 pellet. GORTINI 4×14 Margin float, 2 foot depth.
At the All In I fed my margin line and mud line with a cup of 4mm F1 sweet and groundbait each. Hand fed some pellet to my net line and slapped out for my first put out, the float only just settled before dipping below the water and fish on, played it for a good while, got it to the net and ‘ping’ off it went taking my hook with it. Hand fed this line and had 3 small F1 and a tiny ide before it went quiet. Left pallet was producing nothing other than being bothered by gudgeon sucking on the pellet but not taking the hook. I had nothing off this line all day. Mud line was producing some little F1’s but nothing of any great weight early on. Switched line regularly during the match and had some right munters that made a right mess of my shallow line, ended up getting smashed off on 3 of my 4 Dibbers!

The big carp were there and they were making me look foolish with my rigs that just weren’t up to the task or bumping my pole on the rollers or trees behind for them to ping off. Lost 8 at the net or hook pulls in total. Weighed 41lb for a thanks.

This is as far back as I could stand without being in the trees, front roller far too close to my peg

I am back on Partridge tomorrow. I have a full days tuition with one of this venues masters. Never too old to learn and nice to get an education off someone who knows every peg, trick and almost every fish in Partridge Lakes. Chris Weeder Jnr.

Partridge Lakes Open, Sunday 5/7/2020.

Covey 1 Peg 21, Island Peg.

Forecasted for rain and high wind and not dissapointed as it was as expected. Rain drops the size of cup cakes and wind blowing constantly left to right straight through the spit with some huge gusts, no chance of putting a brolly up. Couldn’t present at anything over top2 +1 or right margin. Peg 20 was in and I was told this would kill off my peg and my best bet was to fish to the next pallet right and hope that the F1’s and carp were holed up there, not to be though.
2 lines today:
1. Top 2 +1 in front of my nets, 8-10 elastic, GORTINI 4×10 Dibber, 0.16 mainline to 0.11 hooklength, #16SWL hook, Burt Baits hook and hair expander and/or maggot. 6″-18″.
2. 10m right margin, to next pallet, 10-12 elastic, GARTINI 4×14 Margin float, 0.16 mainline to 0.13 hooklength #15 SWL hook, Burt Baits hook and hair expander and/or maggot. 2foot.
I had made up 2 small tubs of Burt Baits 6mm expander, 1 soaked in Burt Baits F1 sweet and 1 soaked in Burt Baits krill liquid. Maggot was Big red and White.
I used my top kits I had re-elasticated with the Nu-fish Zipp elastic range, well impressed with the quality and control these elastics gave me. Had 2 foul hooked carp on the 8-10 which took me for good runs, lost one under the pallet to my right and one shot off through peg 20’s swim before losing the hook, not good for Angler relations stuffing up someone else’s swim!! Stretches a bit that 8-10 🙄. Pallet to my right was occupied by gudgeon, perch and the odd small F1 and Mirror, everything else was caught shallow in front of my nets. 28 fish for a paltry 10lb odd.

Club Match, Summer League, Havannah Flash, 28/6/2020.

It was a wet and windy one today! Rain was forecast so it wasn’t a surprise it was raining on and off during set up and at the All in. Wasn’t expecting the high winds, massive gusts and torrential rain though! All in 10:00. Less than 5 mins in had a nice perch and 2 small blades, on the 4m whip. That was it for the next 30 odd minutes. Switched to a waggler and chucked out to 18m with a half dendra on the hook hoping to find the Bream that patrol out at that distance. Stayed on the waggler for 25 mins without any indications, hybrid feeder out to 20m with Burt Baits 2mm feed pellet soaked overnight in F1 sweet enhancer, dendra on the hook. Nothing, nada! Came back on the 4m line with a top 2 +1, #2 elastic 0.09 mainline to 0.06 hook length #20 SWL hook. GORTINI 4×10 dibber, 24″ with single maggot. Trying to see if they were up in the water, moving up 6″ every 5 mins until at 6″ for nothing. Pulled out to 30″ and the float buried and the elastic was about 10m from my topkit! Started to reel in some elastic on the side puller and could see the slimy little barsteward trying to get to the lily pad and snag me, eel! yuck. 3 attempts with the net and I had it in and unhooked and in the keepnet. This is when the wind and rain really started to come down in torrents. Huddled up, got the whip out and stayed on this line for most the rest of the day, I had no indications on any other line. Took another ~1lb eel on the flick tip and a couple of more blades and a roach. 7 in total for the day! Diabolical conditions and fared no better than those anglers to my left and right, we all had a mare of a day with an average of just over a pound. Brolly got blown inside out a few times, on the 3rd time 2 of the tines got ripped out of the stay and that was it for the brolly, collapsed it and threw it to the back of my peg, roughed it in the rain from then on. Weighed in with 1lb 8oz. I am sure there were spells where the ducks were laughing at us from the cover of the trees to our backs. Fingers crossed for the golden peg draw later, for some funds.

Partridge Lakes Open. Covey 3 Peg 73. 21/6/20.

20% chance of rain today – which means there is an 80% chance it wont. 🔆 It didn’t, hooray.
Turned up early giving me enough time for a bacon barm and a cup of coffee before booking on and getting my peg. I had peg 73 on covey 3 picked and knowing it to be an island peg wasn’t too chuffed. Had an update off fellow Burt Baits angler Stewart Jolly that he had 90lb off this peg, shallow down the track and straight across, so that was going to be my plan of attack.
Set 4 lines:
1. Left margin. 13.5m to the the vacant platform. GORTINI margin float. 0.16 mainline to 0.11 hook length to SWL #16 hook. Burt Baits 4mm hook and hair F1 expander and corn. Feeding nuggets of Burt Baits 50/50 Krill/X-pander ground bait.
2. 9m straight out. GORTINI 4×12 round body, on the deck. 0.16 mainline to 0.11 hook length to SWL #16 hook. tipple maggot. Feeding nuggets of Burt Baits 50/50 Krill/Xpander ground bait and maggot.
3. 9m straight out. GORTINI 4×10 Dibber, 6″ to 18″. 0.16 mainline to 0.11 hook length to SWL #16 hook. tipple maggot. Feeding nuggets of Burt Baits 50/50 Krill/Xpander ground bait mixed to a sloppy paste and maggot.
4. Mud line 12 – 13.5m. GORTINI margin float, 24″. 0.16 mainline to 0.11 hook length to SWL #16 hook. Burt Baits 4mm hook and hair F1 expander, corn and maggot. Feeding nuggets of Burt Baits 50/50 Krill/X-pander ground bait.
Fed the left margin with a couple of cups of Burt Baits ground bait 50/50 Krill/Xpander and corn. Started off on the mud line for nothing in 20 minutes, switched to my left margin and had nothing with corn, switched to triple maggot and had a nice 1.5lb F1, stayed on this line for 40 mins picking off several F1 all under 2lb. I was hand feeding the 9m line with maggot while fishing the left margin. Went out with the GORTINI 4×12 on the deck and this was quickly seen to be doing nothing, I could see the F1’s coming up in the water to intercept the hand fed maggot, switched to the GORTINI 4×10 dibber @ 18″ and had 2 or 3 in the next 20 mins, I could see the F1 coming up for the maggot I was hand feeding but not really interested by the hook bait at @18″ pulled up to 12″ and then 6″ where I was getting some good mirror and common along with the F1’s. Rotated my lines during the match and my clicker had ~45lb, not a huge haul but I was happy with that. All out sounded and I started to pack up. As the weigh team came towards my peg I released my net and like a clutz I stood on my EPS bait box I have full of water and slipped, my right foot and leg went in and I let go of my net so I could grab my box and stop myself falling in!! Got my net back and lost all but 12lb odd of fish. I wasn’t going to break the scales anyway and was no where in the rankings, but haste and clumsiness just let me down.

Havannah Flash, St Helens. 14/6/20.

The thunder storms we had last night and through the night put paid to the good weights coming out of this water the last few weeks. It was hard for everyone, just 6lb 9oz taking the glory! I was drawn Peg 4 today, not a shabby place to sit and it has been fishing well for the last 2 weeks or so. Pegging on the front of the flash can be dodgy as there is a packed stone track running parallel to the water and it gets busy with fat men in Lycra so you really do have to be aware all the time about your pole and shipping back as some of them are the same one’s who don’t stop for red lights either! This was a well anticipated start to the Summer League and more than me were looking forward to a good days silver fishing. 25 anglers booked on which for this water is amazing, last year we were getting maybe 10. 3 pole lines and feeder rod today:
1. 4m whip, flick tip, slider float set up and dotted to 2mm as it was calm. #20 SWL hook, white maggot and hemp as hook bait. Feeding nuggets of Burt Baits natural silver ground bait @6m.
2. 3-4 solid elastic, @9m, 0.09 main line, GORTINI 4X12 round body float to 0.06 hook length to #20 SWL hook, caster, white maggot and hemp as hook bait. Feeding nuggets of Burt Baits natural silvers ground bait.
3. 4-6 solid elastic, @13.5m, 0.09 main line, GORTINI 4×12 round body float to 0.06 hook length to #20 SWL hook, caster, white maggot and hemp as hook bait. Feeding nuggets of Burt Baits natural silvers ground bait.
Feeder rod @19m hybrid feeder, worm and sweet corn as hook bait.
Started off on the whip after hand feeding a bit of ground bait and hemp. Tiny roach first put in, skimmer and then nice size roach within 10 mins. Thought I was on a flyer, for the next 4 hours and 50 minutes I didn’t even have a bite on any lines or my feeder. I could see the pike patrolling the swim and with these pike and the change in air pressure due to the storm, this end of the Flash was dead, My 12oz was pathetic! Peg 3 didn’t have a bite all match and Peg 2 had a few bits and an eel. No one was really doing anything, the winning weight was only 2 Small bream and an eel with bits. That’s fishing!